The Seahawks will have to lean on Christine Michael for awhile, as fellow running back Thomas Rawls will be sidelined “a few weeks” with a hairline fibula fracture, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter link).
Rawls has been in-and-out of the lineup so far this season as he recovers from the fractured ankle he suffered at the end of the 2015 campaign. He didn’t play on Sunday against the 49ers, and in the two previous games, Rawls had managed only 19 carries, averaging a paltry 1.9 yards per attempt. Michael, now in his second stint with Seattle, will presumably continue to carry the load after scoring twice yesterday, while the Seahawks also boast rookies C.J. Prosise and Alex Collins in addition to the recently-promoted Terrence Magee.
Rawls, 23, was a revelation during his rookie season, rushing for more than 800 yards and four touchdowns in relief of Marshawn Lynch. He surpassed the 100-yard mark four times, including a memorable Week 11 contest against the 49ers, when Rawls ran for 209 yards, the second-highest total in the NFL last year.
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